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Heliae’s PhycoTerra Microalgae-Based Soil Amendment Registered for Specialty Crops

Heliae Development LLC, an ABO member company based out of Arizona (site of the 2016 Algae Biomass Summit), has successfully registered its PhycoTerra, a soil amendment comprised of mixotrophic microalgal cultures, for use on specialty crops grown in the United States.

Dr. Jon Hansen, vice-president, science and technology at PhycoTerra states, “compared to macroalgae products, such as kelp and seaweed extracts, the whole cell microalgae in PhycoTerra supplements soil by adding or restoring natural elements from microalgae that are found in healthy soil ecosystems.”

To develop the microalgae-based soil amendment, Heliae uses its unique pasteurization process that stabilizes the microalgae and maintains its valuable attributes that facilitate healthy plants and the bicrobiome of the soil.

PhycoTerra’s trials on vegetable and fruit crops have shown promising results, including improved plant stands and healthier plants overall, which will ultimately lead to more marketable fruit.

“When you consider all of these benefits, especially the potential to harvest higher marketable yields of top quality crops earlier in the growing season, it’s clear that PhycoTerra has a bright future in U.S. crop production,” adds Hylon Kaufmann, business and sales strategy specialist.

For more information about Heliae’s PhycoTerra, visit

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